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Quotes and Images from The Court of St. Cloud   By: (1763-1846)

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A Gentleman at Paris

A stranger to remorse and repentance, as well as to honour

Accused of fanaticism, because she refused to cohabit with him

All his creditors, denounced and executed

All priests are to be proscribed as criminals

As everywhere else, supported injustice by violence

As confident and obstinate as ignorant

Bestowing on the Almighty the passions of mortals

Bonaparte and his wife go now every morning to hear Mass

Bonaparte dreads more the liberty of the Press than all other


Bow to their charlatanism as if it was sublimity

Cannot be expressed, and if expressed, would not be believed

Chevalier of the Guillotine: Toureaux

Complacency which may be felt, but ought never to be published

Country where power forces the law to lie dormant

Distinguished for their piety or rewarded for their flattery

Easy to give places to men to whom Nature has refused parts

Encounter with dignity and self command unbecoming provocations

Error to admit any neutrality at all

Expeditious justice, as it is called here

Extravagances of a head filled with paradoxes

Feeling, however, the want of consolation in their misfortunes

Forced military men to kneel before priests

French Revolution was fostered by robbery and murder

Future effects dreaded from its past enormities

General who is too fond of his life ought never to enter a camp

Generals of Cabinets are often indifferent captains in the field

God is only the invention of fear

Gold, changes black to white, guilt to innocence

Hail their sophistry and imposture as inspiration

He was too honest to judge soundly and to act rightly

Her present Serene Idiot, as she styles the Prince Borghese

Hero of great ambition and small capacity: La Fayette

How many reputations are gained by an impudent assurance

How much people talk about what they do not comprehend

If Bonaparte is fond of flattery pays for it like a real Emperor

Indifference about futurity

Indifference of the French people to all religion

Invention of new tortures and improved racks

Irresolution and weakness in a commander operate the same

Its pretensions rose in proportion to the condescensions

Jealous of his wife as a lover of his mistress

Justice is invoked in vain when the criminal is powerful

Labour as much as possible in the dark

Love of life increase in proportion as its real value diminishes

Marble lives longer than man

May change his habitations six times in the month yet be home

Men and women, old men and children are no more

Military diplomacy

Misfortunes and proscription would not only inspire courage

More vain than ambitious

My maid always sleeps with me when my husband is absent

My means were the boundaries of my wants

Napoleon invasion of States of the American Commonwealth

Nature has destined him to obey, and not to govern

Not suspected of any vices, but all his virtues are negative

Not only portable guillotines, but portable Jacobin clubs

Nothing was decided, though nothing was refused

Now that she is old (as is generally the case), turned devotee

One of the negative accomplices of the criminal

Opinion almost constitutes half the strength of armies

Prelate on whom Bonaparte intends to confer the Roman tiara

Prepared to become your victim, but not your accomplice

Presumptuous charlatan

Pretensions or passions of upstart vanity

Pride of an insupportable and outrageous ambition

Procure him after a useless life, a glorious death

Promises of impostors or fools to delude the ignorant

Prudence without weakness, and with firmness without obstinacy

Saints supplied her with a finger, a toe, or some other parts

Salaries as the men, under the name of washerwomen

Satisfying himself with keeping three mistresses only

Should our system of cringing continue progressively

Sold cats' meat and tripe in the streets of Rome

Step is but short from superstition to infidelity

Sufferings of individuals, he said, are nothing

Suspicion and tyranny are inseparable companions

Suspicion is evidence

They will create some quarrel to destroy you

They ought to be just before they are generous

"This is the age of upstarts," said Talleyrand

Thought at least extraordinary, even by our friends

Thought himself eloquent when only insolent or impertinent

Two hundred and twenty thousand prostitute licenses

Under the notion of being frank, are rude

United States will be exposed to Napoleon's outrages

Usurped the easy direction of ignorance

Vices or virtues of all civilized nations are relatively the same

Want is the parent of industry

We are tired of everything, even of our existence

Were my generals as great fools as some of my Ministers

Which crime in power has interest to render impenetrable

Who complains is shot as a conspirator

With us, unfortunately, suspicion is the same as conviction

Would cease to rule the day he became just

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